Route 66 Raceway 2006 Season Recap

Route 66 Raceway Recap of the 2006 Season

As 2006 begins to draw to a close, here is a look back at all of the non-stop action and exciting racing that took place at Route 66 Raceway this season.

The Holley Carburetor Bracket Racing Series presented by Winner’s Circle kicked off the 2006 season at Route 66 Raceway on April 23 with more than 246 cars all seeing if they could get the first win of the 2006 season. After having their first two events cancelled due to rain and unsafe racing conditions, Top Sportsman drivers finally had the opportunity to go down the 1/4-mile drag strip on May 7. Fans that were in attendance had the chance to witness the fastest Top Sportsman field in Route 66 Raceway’s history, with the 16th spot taking a 7.52.

Saturday, May 20th proved to be another historic day for Route 66 Raceway. In only their second event in the 2006 season, Top Sportsman drivers broke the record they previously set two weeks earlier. Twenty-two cars were on hand attempting to qualify for a 16-car field. The 16th spot took a 7.50 with a six, besting the previous track record by .02 seconds.

On Saturday, June 10th, fans braving several rain delays witnessed the quickest pro fields ever assembled in NHRA history, which included Pro Stock, Pro Stock Motorcycle and Funny Car. Three-time NHRA champion Greg Anderson captured the 22nd annual King Demon Crown with the quickest pass in Pro Stock history at 6.620 (208.20 mph), shattering his own mark of 6.646, which he set at Route 66 Raceway during the fifth annual Ameriquest Mortgage NHRA Nationals last October. Chip Ellis also made his way into the record books, becoming only the second rider in NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle history to break the seven-second mark, recording a 6.988-second run during the third round of professional qualifying.

Drag racing legend John Force won his record 120th Funny Car race by defeating teammate Robert Hight in the money round with an off-pace 4.930-second pass at 233 mph after both men encountered engine trouble. Doug Kalitta chipped away at Melanie Troxel's lead in the Top Fuel class by defeating her in the final round with a 4.503 at 330 mph. Kurt Johnson denied NHRA King Demon Crown winner Greg Anderson a second trophy when he recorded a 6.646-second holeshot victory in Pro Stock. Ryan Schnitz threw his hat in the Pro Stock Motorcycle title chase with 7.064-second win over red-lighting first-time finalist Matt Guidera.

Route 66 Raceway once again hosted the NHRA North Central division’s Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series July 14-16, where drivers in eight classes (including 250 mph Top Alcohol Dragsters and Top Alcohol Funny Cars) earned points leading to divisional and national championships. This weekend also featured the Route 66 Raceway Drag Staff receiving the North Central Division Best Appearing Crew Award, marking the first time in history that a track’s staff has received this award.

On July 23rd, Route 66 Raceway held their annual King of the Track event during the Holly Carburetor Bracket Series presented by Winner’s Circle, where four class winners had the chance to compete for the coveted Wally. Super Pro driver Dennis DiValerio, Pro Biker Donnie Banaski, Pro E.T. class racer Rick Del Sarto and Sportsman driver Dan McCarrin battled it out between each other, but it was Del Sarto defeating the other drivers in his ’69 Chevy to claim the victory.

The 2006 Holley Carburetor E.T. Bracket Series presented by Winner’s Circle season ended Aug. 6th with Route 66 Raceway sending 38 drivers to the NHRA North Central Division Summit Racing Series Finals at O’Reilly Raceway Park in Indianapolis Sept. 15-17. Route 66 Raceway made a good showing during the this event, bringing home a tenth place finish in the Team Championship point standings. In the Sportsman class, Christine Kent (who won last year's High School title) had her Ford-powered 1967 Mustang selected as the "Be Cool Radiators Coolest Sportsman Car.”

The Jr. Dragster Racing League held four events at Route 66 Raceway throughout the 2006 season. The final points standing ended with Matt Sackman taking the Modified Jr. title and Jessica Kobelt winning the Sportman Jr. championship.

The first annual NMRA Ford vs. NMCA drag racing event took place at Route 66 Raceway July 27 - 30. The event featured twenty-five classes with more than 400 championship-class cars filling the pits. One of the highlights from the weekend’s racing action included NMRA versus NMCA shootout, pairing similar classes and using a handicap system to ensure parity. NMRA defeated NMCA by a final score of 6-5 in this first annual event of Street Legal Drag Racing.

Route 66 Raceway once again hosted the Super Chevy Show on August 13th, which included a Chevy car show (where over 150 awards were given to drivers) and a drag racing event where Route 66 Raceway’s own John Savarino was a repeat winner, claiming victory in Saturday’s bonus race and Sunday’s bracket race.

The inaugural Chrysler Classic took place at the 1/4 –mile drag strip on August 25-27 and featured 12 different classes of drag racing, a car show, swap meet and car corral. Top Sportsman driver Larry Dumke (who finished fourth in Route 66 Raceway Top Sportsman point standings) went 2 for 2 on Sunday and won the Quick Door and Quick 16 events.

The last event at the record-setting drag strip was the Will County Sheriff’s Challenge, which helped raise money for the Wish Upon a Star Foundation and the Law Enforcement Torch Run for the Special Olympics Illinois. Fans who came out to support the cause had the opportunity to watch jet cars, the Mayor’s Challenge and bracket racing. In all three bracket races, Route 66 Raceway drivers brought home victories – Kenny King in Super Pro, John Singleton Jr. in Pro E.T. and Tom Florey in Pro Bike.

Route 66 Raceway’s 1/2-mile dirt oval was busy throughout the entire year, hosting many action-packed events. The Tournament of Destruction Team Demolition Derby events wrecked havoc during four events at the oval. Road Rage dominated seven other teams, winning three of the four events to capture this year’s national championship.

Masters of Disaster made its debut at the 1/2-mile dirt oval in front of a packed house on Saturday, Aug. 5. The fans were not let down as they witnessed all of the non-stop action, including trailer racing, jet truck melt downs, school bus races and figure-8 bomber races.

The Halloween themed Monster Truck event – Monster Mash – at the 1/2-mile dirt oval rounded out the 2006 season at Route 66 Raceway on Saturday, Oct. 7. Action on the uniquely designed course began with Excalibur mastering the figure-8 course, allowing him to be crowned champion of the Monster Truck race. Soon after, Avenger put on a show for the packed house and won the freestyle event. Also keeping the fans entertained were Freestyle Motocross drivers (who flew through the sty, doing one daredevil stunt after another) and the always-popular stock mud racers. Fans even had a chance be like the drivers and take their own ride in a real monster truck.

The thousands of children in attendance had to opportunity to enjoy a costume contest, face painting, pumpkin painting, a spooky car show, truck rides and trick or treating. The first 1500 children also received a special Halloween trick or treat bag with candy and a limited edition plush toy car courtesy of JEGS. There was also plenty of excitement for everyone else in attendance. A pre-race party allowed fans the chance to venture into the pits, stand next to their favorite monster trucks, take pictures and get autographs from the drivers of these amazing machines.

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